Queer & Trans Arts in Scotland since 2009
"An art movement like no other."
– Nim Ralph, Open Democracy
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– The Skinny
"Cachín Cachán Cachunga! really matters in contemporary Scotland...
(it) brings together a diverse group of artists, making it both
difficult to pigeon-hole and restlessly contemporary."
– The Vile Blog
"...something of a phenomenon."
– The List
CCC in 2016-17
Our most recent event was Who's Your Dandy? featuring Equivalence and Andra Simons at Edinburgh Filmhouse in November 2017; this was a mixture of live multimedia performance and a screening of shorts by Dickie Hearts, Tina Takemoto, Reina Gossett, Françoise Doherty and Shira Avni. In September 2017, (with thanks to Nat Raha) we hosted Eli Clare at CCA Glasgow for a discussion of ideas of 'cure' and his book, Brilliant Imperfection; guests included Nathan Gale, Bea Webster and Emilia Beatriz. In 2016, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! took part in Arts & Precarity: Forging New Solidarities (Glasgow University), with a talk on CCC history and neoliberal biases of current funding models. We also participated in the launch of Proud City, an exhibition at People's Story Museum on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, which included posters, photos and other historical information about CCC (September 2016-February 2017). For more info on past and future events: facebook.com/CachCachCach.
Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is an independent Scottish arts collective that produces visual, recorded and live art by LGBTQI+ people. We are dedicated to creating safer spaces and discussions for trans, intersex and queer people facing complex oppressions. We are dedicated to intersectional feminism and transfeminism.
Cachín Cachán Cachunga! creates high-quality artistic works about and by trans, intersex and queer people – with added emphasis on artists who are also racialised, people of colour, Black, indigenous, BAME, asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, D/deaf, working class, working poor, neurodivergent, Mad, ill, crip, disabled and/or from any related background/experience. We mentor and collaborate. We encourage risk-taking and experimentation.
Cachín Cachán Cachunga! is disability-led, and produces accessible arts events for both audiences and artists. We aim to provide level access, Braille, large print, audio description, film captioning, surtitling, BSL interpretation, quiet space and relaxed events. We encourage both emerging and established artists from our communities to develop their practice in a safer yet artistically challenging environment.
Most events are curated by Sandra Alland; others are organised and led by committee or individual community members.
Started as a monthly cabaret event in 2009, CCC has continued to grow in both size and quality. In addition to large-scale performance events, we offer community-building events like Open Barbers & Potluck Brunch, Open Mics, and The Giant Queer-Ass Trans*-tastic Picnic.
Cachín Cachán Cachunga! has presented everything from performance poetry in British Sign Language to gay parrot puppets, from noise music to opera, from discussions on racism to interactive installations and collaborative photography. Other recent featured artists include Yasmin Al-Hadithi, Cheryl Dunye and Juli Saragosa.